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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Naboo Wave
« on: July 22, 2005, 12:00 AM »
Here's my 8:

Daultay Dofine - Trade Federation Captain
Tey How - Trade Federation Controller
Qui-Gon Jinn - SA w/ SG
Obi-Wan Kenobi - SA w/ SG
Darth Maul - SA w/ SG
Queen Amidala - Theed Battle, SA, SG
Gungan Warrior - from Fambaa beastpack
Naboo Royal Guard - New version

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Battle of Death Star Wave
« on: July 21, 2005, 11:57 PM »
Here's what I'm hoping for:

-Grand Moff Tarkin resculpt
-General Tagge
-Garven Dreis - Red Leader w/ removable helmet
-Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper armor
-Han Solo in Stormtrooper armor
-Chewbacca w/ binders

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Coruscant Wave
« on: July 21, 2005, 11:54 PM »
Here's my 6:

-General Grievous - SA w/ SG cloak
-Grievous's Bodyguard w/ SA & SG
-Battle Droid Pilot
-Commander Cody
-V-Wing Pilot
-Commander Oddball w/ removable helmet

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Geonosis Wave
« on: July 21, 2005, 11:52 PM »
Seven figures?  How about:

-Anakin Skywalker - Arena Battle with green lightsaber, SA
-Padme Amidala - Arena Battle with blaster, SA
-Jango Fett - SA w/ removable helmet
-Clone Trooper Pilot - SA w/ removable helmet
-Sora Bulq - Weequay Jedi Master
-Rotha Del Masona - Jedi Knight
-Bultar Swan

Gentle Giant / Re: Bust Ups!
« on: July 18, 2005, 11:17 PM »
Did you notice all the EPISODE II CLONE TROOPER bust-ups in that display at the con?  I saw a Blue, a Yellow, a Green and I think an all white.  I know the Blue was an old exclusive, but have they ever announced a set of these?  I don't remember hearing anything about them...

They gave out blue and yellow Clone Trooper Bust Ups at Toy Fair in 2004.  I believe the blue went to press and the yellow went to dealers.  They had a fairly decent sized display of E2 Clone Trooper bust ups at that event.

I imagine they'll be doing an AOTC Clone Trooper wave or something to that affect at some point soon.  Give it a little time.  As things stand now, the ROTS wave 4 is due out in the next month or so.  Wave 5 will probably ship sometime around the Holidays.  Gentle Giant has been pretty restrained in releasing these pieces.  I think they want to give the retailers time to sell them out.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Hoth Wave
« on: July 16, 2005, 09:47 PM »
Battle Of Hoth, hmmm?  I'll go with 4 figures since that tended to be the average wave size during SAGA Gold.

-Luke Skywalker - Snowspeeder Pilot w/ removable helmet, lightsaber, blaster/holster, grappling line & mine
-AT-AT Driver resculpt (along the lines of the SAGA TIE Pilot)
-R5-M2 - Echo Base astromech
-Hoth Rebel Officer - Gotta fill that hole in the vintage line!

Cool!  What's the source for the illustration?  Is that a scan from The Art Of Revenge Of The Sith?

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 16, 2005, 07:59 PM »
There already is.  The first set is yellow Clones and a Sandtrooper with an orange pauldron.  The second set is a white AOTC Clone, a grey ARC Trooper and a Sandtrooper with a grey pauldron.

In fact, I'd like to see one more set added:  a blue AOTC Clone Trooper, blue ARC Trooper (Alpha anyone?) and a Sandtrooper with a black pauldron.

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Again
« on: July 16, 2005, 07:14 PM »
The news from Comic Con about Unleashed is definitely discouraging.  I've thought of a couple of ways that Hasbro can try to keep the line going, but it might be tough to achieve.

The Unleashed line was inspired in part by a desire for Hasbro to compete stylistically with boutique toy companies like McFarlane, NECA and the like.  This is a new breed of toy company that is focusing more on collectors and collectability rather than on play features.

Bring this line back to the places it was intended to cater to:  COMIC AND COLLECTIBLE SHOPS!  Hasbro should actively court Diamond Comics and Online Retailers to be the EXCLUSIVE market for the Unleashed line.

While these outlets are smaller and are not representative of Hasbro's biggest accounts, they're the prime territory for a line like Unleashed.  They manage their inventories much more efficiently than the big box stores like Toys R Us and WalMart.  They work with pre-orders which helps tailor their business much more in their favor from a stock standpoint.

This kind of scheme can work well for both Hasbro AND their retail partners.  Hasbro can manufacture a more appropriate production run.  This would also have the effect of sending more customers to Hasbro's smaller accounts, whether they have Diamond Comics handling their distribution or if they're a small Hasbro account.

This is always a touchy subject.  However, I like this line.  I would be willing to pay $20 per figure IF the character selection is good.

As things stand now, I'm not going to be buying the Unleashed Battle Packs.  They're just not appealing.  I collect Lord Of The Rings, and when the LOTR license made Armies Of Middle Earth, I wasn't there.  The same thing would happen in this instance for me.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: July 16, 2005, 06:10 PM »
Here's what I've heard:
Jedi vs Separatists
Anakin - AotC Deluxe (Geonosian Chopping)
Obi-Wan - SAGA 03-01 Acklay Battle - not sure, but it doesn't look like the Acklay version  :-\
Jango - SAGA 02-31 Final Battle
Mace - SAGA 02-28 Geonosian Rescue
Maul - SAGA 03-25 Theed Hangar Duel

I THINK the Obi-Wan in this set might be a modified version of the Obi-Wan Kenobi - Outlander Nightclub Encounter figure.  The key difference being that the lightsaber hilt isn't attached to the lower part of the tunic.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 16, 2005, 06:05 PM »
21.99 for 3 figures.. bleh, the price goes UP with volume?

Well, these figures are more along the lines of the VOTC figure line than the Basic Figure line.  The VOTC line sold for ~$9.99 per figure, so I'm okay with getting 3 X figures like this for $21.99.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU Exclusive Holographic Emperor
« on: July 16, 2005, 06:01 PM »
I'd LOVE a holo-Emperor as a pack-in with a Commander Cody figure... but a 3.75" Holo-Emperor after just getting one last fall is kinda -meh- for me.


I think this one is meant to represent Palpatine as he addresses the Seperatists on Mustafar and Grievous on Utapau.  The inclusion of the accessories is kind of weird, but since they're probably part of the tooling for the original figure I can KIND OF understand why they included the force lightning and lightsaber.

The bases look cool and so do the paint jobs.  I hope the production paintjobs look better than the Lava Reflection Vader's did.

Is the price high?  Yes.  Will I buy them?  Yeah.  The line is only going to have legs for so long, so I'm going to get them while the getting is good.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Obi-Wan's Blue Jedi Starfighter
« on: July 12, 2005, 10:54 PM »

And a nice Orange version for Saesee Tiin too!

Keep 'em coming, Hasbro!   ::)

Only if we get him in that cool armor, too!  ;D

Good news in the form of an email I got today:

Dear Friend:

This is a big thank you to all 1.5 million of you who joined together as ONE to do something extraordinary.

From the 500,000 letters you sent to President Bush to Live 8 in Philadelphia to the G8 Summit in Gleneagles, you called on eight men to do more to fight global AIDS and extreme poverty, and they heard your call. In Scotland this past Friday, overcoming the shadow of a tragic day in London, President Bush joined G8 leaders in an unprecedented deal to cancel debts and double aid to Africa.

For African nations fighting poverty and corruption, this means a $25 billion increase in aid and wiping out 100% of their debts. With this funding, Africa can halve deaths from malaria, put millions of children into school, and 10 million people across the world will have access to lifesaving AIDS drugs. Behind each of these numbers is one person, one life that will be changed forever.

For the first time ever, everyday Americans like you joined together to take a seat at the negotiating table, asking the world's most powerful leaders to do more to help the world's poorest people. Because you signed the ONE Declaration, wore the white band and forwarded emails to friends about ONE, you made a huge step toward making poverty history.  We've come so far and still have far to go. 

Keep the momentum going, email 3 friends about ONE today.

This agreement is a real victory for Africa - but promises made of words will only become promises for a generation if we keep watching, asking and acting. Much more needs to be done in Washington DC to turn these commitments into lifesaving programs, and the world must take new steps to make trade fair. More meetings will take place this year in New York and Hong Kong where a comprehensive debt-aid-trade deal can be reached and end global AIDS and extreme poverty in our time.   

We can be that great generation. As ONE, let's keep up the positive pressure and make 2005 the year we joined together to make history.

Thank you,

The ONE Team

P.S. You can learn more about the details of the G8 deal by checking out the ONE.ORG G8 page.

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